This post is soooooo overdue and yet one of the most anticipated I’ve written. Meagan and Donnie’s wedding is no stranger to the internet, in fact, they had an amazing feature on the prestigious wedding blog, Style Me Pretty a few months back and we have leaked a few of the images on Pinterest and FaceBook. BUT SERIOUSLY…there is no way any of those features and sneak peeks could give you the full enchilada of how AHHHHHHH MAAAAAAAA ZINGGGGGGG this October wedding was. It was a day I could relive over and over and it isn’t even my wedding. I had to ask myself several times…are we in a dream because everything is SO beautiful, the weather SO perfect, Donnie and Meagan easy peezy awesomely beautiful…..HOW IS THIS WORK???? Have I been dramatic enough? Good. It’s time to unveil the FULL wedding day in it’s glory.
Their wedding took place at Boone Hall Plantation where I have been told was filmed in “The Notebook” as Rachel McAdams’ summer home. I haven’t cross-referenced yet but I believe it. Just outside Charleston, SC the mile-long driveway luxuriously draped with Spanish moss is breath taking. Megan and Donnie were married to the side of the main plantation at the Cotton Dock. Dock..I almost snicker at that name. Wait to you see this “dock” decorated to the nines in the gorgeous palette of creme, peach, and silvery blue peppered with mercury glass and 1500 peace cranes. Pish-Posh. Dock.
I don’t normally have the full wedding story but seeing as Meagan wrote all her wedding details out for Style Me Pretty I thought it a shame not to add it to their post if you are interested in reading more about them and their day.
Meagan in her own words:
“For our décor, we wanted to play with textural focal points while staying true to the charm of The Cotton Dock. Since we were enveloped by a rustic barn in an outdoor setting, I wanted to bring out a more feminine side of décor. While I was planning, my Aunt Donna, who works as a mitigation specialist with death row inmates and enables their efforts to do good through art, suggested I have one of her clients make origami peace cranes. A few months later, my mom facilitated the meticulous process of stringing 1,500 cranes into amazing garlands to be hung as a backdrop for our ceremony and surrounding the dance floor. A wonderful friend, Robbie, made my dreams of personal detail a reality. She coordinated all the painted Ikea framed chalkboards, decked out the photo booth, installed the family wall, sewed pillows for the furniture and toppers for the tables (she even sewed the guys pocket squares), made the silver platter chalkboard signs, the napkin rings for all the napkins, put together our unity candle table with photos of both sets of parents, added ribbons to the sparklers and bought hundreds of vintage hankies for our “Th-hankies-to-go” favors. All this and more would not have been possible without her generous and ambitious attitude to make this day shine the way it did. In an effort to keep a personal feel to the space, Donnie and I wanted to make sure grandparents who couldn’t be with us on our special day were included. We printed out old photos from their weddings or special events and Donnie glued them into frames that Robbie hung up over a wooden wall. Family was also honored by way of the mouth-watering sweets station. Donnie’s mom, aunts and grandmothers are incredible bakers. Together, they made 100-dozen specialty cookies, baked to perfection and remarkably executed.
After the ceremony, before Donnie and I entered the cocktail hour, he leaned over and said “You always see weddings in magazines and think there is no way ours will ever look like that. Ours looks like it could be in a magazine!” Saying that to me made all the stress of planning for 2.5 years worth it. It was incredibly rewarding to see it all come together. After some heartfelt toasts and dinner, we got busy on the dance floor. Our first dance was to “All This Time” by One Republic followed by my dad and I sharing the floor with Donnie and his mom as we danced to “My Girl” by The Temptations.
After the typical bouquet and garter toss, I was sitting down in a chair, facing the cleared out dance floor. The Black Eyed Peas cover of “The Time of My Life” came on and Donnie made his way to the center and started dancing in front of and around me. I literally had no idea what was going on when my sisters joined him and before I knew it, I realized I was the victim of a full-fledged flash mob. For a moment I wanted to get up and dance with everyone, but I stayed in my seat and allowed myself to cry while almost every single guest blew me out of the water with the dance that one of my best friends, Elise, had choreographed and sent around. I couldn’t believe how committed everyone was to making the surprise happen. After some more dancing, we all went out to the dock and sent wishing lanterns that my mom overnight shipped that week for us to light and let go over the river. They cast such a warm glow on the space and it was a fun activity for the guests to do. Donnie and I released a couple together and it was very romantic to send the lights off into the sky with wishes attached to them.”
I don’t normally post out of order but I love that she is walking down with her father and back with her husband in the same spot. Symbolic.
Typically, when we get to the dancing portion of the night we have lots of different shots of different guests shaking their money makers but…you haven’t seen the one-woman-dance-machine known as Meagan, in action. An ACTUAL professional dancer Meagan not only dances her fanny off she sings EVERY. SINGLE. NOTE. as if she wrote each song. You will find MOSTLY Meagan shots during the reception because they are so awesomely passionate and entertaining just like her fan-taz-mic personality.
Interlude of the best kind! Little did Meagan know that Donnie and a few of her girlfriends had planned a flash mob in the middle of the reception. She was sat down in a chair completely confused and then the music started and just Donnie started dancing in front of her. Shortly after, her bridesmaids and a few girlfriends jumped in and before you knew it the dance floor is FULL of a HUGE portion of the wedding guests who ALL learned the choreography months prior. It was awesome and it was beautiful to see Meagan go from confused, to realization, to tears of gratitude for the personal touch, to completely jumping right in to join them. Super memorable moment for us in our years photographing weddings.
This was our first experience with seeing giant wishing lanterns released. It was beautiful to behold but total chaos with huge flames at your head, people crammed onto the dock handing lit lanterns over your head while you were shooting. I felt very much my height and was thankful that Ryan could get in a few shots amongst the guests. It was a gorgeous moment in the night once you realized you weren’t on fire!
Last but not least, the super mega talent of Josh Gooden Cinematography, also representing Virginia, was there to capture this beautiful day on film. You must watch the day in motion artistically captured. We adore Josh and he was amazing to work with!
Ahhhhhh…if feels so good to finally share the full shabang! Meagan and Donnie, you know how much we adore you both. It’s amazing that we never met till your wedding day and yet it feels like we have been friends forever. We have loved tracking on FB and through emails all that the last eight months of your marriage have yielded. You are a tremendous couple and we wish nothing but God’s blessing on your lives.